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. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pontiff. jim rosenfield is live at the basilica of the national shrine with more on the story. >> doreen, some candid talk from the pulpit here during evening mass where leaders are as curious as followers ab
the authenticity of the clips. >>> pope benedict says he'll continue to serve the church after he steps down from his post later this week. the 85-year-old pontiff told an estimated 100,000 people in st. pete's square today that god called him to a life of prayer and meditation. washington's archbishop will be at the vatican for the pope's final week. he left for rome today. after presiding over a mass of thanksgiving for benedict's papacy. he's part of the conclave selecting the next pope. at mass, he spoke about the need for a pontiff to function in modern times. >> the office is also exercised today in an age of instantaneous communication, where social media dominate how we relate to one another and therefore how the voice of peter must be articulated if it's to be heard. >> once in rome, he will meet with the pope and he and the other members of the conclave will start the process of choosing his successor. >>> turning to the weather now. a spring-like day to wrap up the weekend. hoping for a repeat tomorrow. here's the man who can tell us in that will happen. hi, chuck. >> good evening, eve
, pope benedict xvi is stepping down on thursday. meanwhile, vatican suggest that the pope is resigning over documents leaked last year. the pope says he's not strong enough. washington cardinal leaves tomorrow to be part of the conclave to be part of the new pope. >>> the obama administration is jumping into the legal battle over same-sex marriage at the supreme court. in a brief filed with the court, the administration says the defensive marriage act is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection. justices will hear arguments in a challenge to that law and california's proposition 8 next month. >>> still to come tonight, why football star manti te'o has waited so long to speak about the hoax involving his supposed girlfriend. his first news conference since the story broke. >>> and sunday could deliver >>> a media blitz today to hear from manti te'o. he says he's over the embarrassment about the online girlfriend hoax and is ready to focus on football. today he spoke at the nfl combine. in january he said that a girl that he thought died had never actually existed. >> people
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